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The entry must be a program dealing with an issue of public interest explored in- depth with multiple credible sources. Subject matter can include (but is not limited to) investigations, examinations of social issues, and historical retrospectives. Extensive use of sound to enhance the content is required. The documentary must have been produced entirely by students. The entry must be no longer than thirty (30) minutes, although the program may have been longer in its entirety and must be presented as "consecutive minutes," not several samples of scoped material.

Judges will evaluate the quality of production and journalistic skills demonstrated in presentation and editing. Considerations will include writing, creativity, delivery, use of audio, and overall storytelling ability.